25 March 2015

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happy bug. it was so nice to be able to stay in a friend's house for the few days while our floors were being refinished. Oliver loved all the "new" toys and I enjoyed being able to cook or heck even toast a piece of toast! We are home now and the kitchen is progressing. hopefully all will be done and correct in the next two weeks. Then we have to put all of our kitchen stuff back in the kitchen not in the Lemon's room where it is mostly residing now. Nothing like making your morning coffee in the soon to be nursery, hey maybe i'll keep it there for easy caffeine delivery! 

Anyone who knows my kiddo knows that he is the world's slowest eater, he is not picky per se but just as slow as molasses. But let me tell you he has been eating everything in sight and even after a good lunch or dinner he has been saying he is hungry about 40 minutes later. It is crazy. And of course I have no access to a proper oven or cooktop which means a lot of snacks and fruit. Clearly he is growing but it makes me slightly fearful for his eating habits when he is a teenager!

What is it about the back of his neck? I love it. it is one of my favourite places to sneak a kiss and it always smells perfectly of Oliver. It is my sweet spot.  

On a few occasions we have been picking up a friend from school who lives a couple houses down and I love hearing the chatter in the backseat. During this ride Oliver was "helping" Bess find the items in a seek and find book. And by helping I mean blatantly telling her where they were! 

Over the weekend we went back to the Rosebud Diner in Davis Sq. It is quickly becoming a new favourite local joint.  

Reading a plethora of books at the Harvard Coop is always a great way to pass some time, especially on a chilly Saturday. Spring....oh Spring, we miss you! 

We have been eating out a bit more than usual because of the state of our kitchen. We graciously received a gift card to Redbones (an awesome local rib joint) for snow blowing a friend's driveway after one of the many snow storms. It is one of Oliver's favourite spots and he is a pro.  He could pretty much order everything for the table. He is obsessed with their fried pickles and he knows how to roll up his sleeves to tuck into a rib. 'atta boy!

Sweet, bbq kisses from my love. He has either been sweet as sugar these days or a bit of a sourpuss so I will revel in the sweetness. 

Chilling at Drumlin Farm after his class. He has been a "Barnyard Buddy" for a few weeks and he has collected eggs, milked a cow, brushed a pony and met the new lambs and baby goats. It is amazing to have access to the programming and make sure my city boy appreciates the countryside as well as has an understanding for where and how his food comes from. 

19 March 2015

11/52

Waiting seems to be the name of the game right now. Waiting for Spring. Waiting for the snow to melt. Waiting for our kitchen project to be complete. Waiting for the new baby. In an attempt to not go (too) stir crazy we have been striking out and going to museums, on coffee dates, and most recently house crashing (sitting) a friend's place while they are out of town and we needed to vacate our house for a few days. who knew going and staying at a friend's house with "new" toys would be such a darn thrill! One of our most recent outings started at Diesel Cafe and then we took the train to the Harvard Museum of Natural History and we completed the trifecta with lunch at Clover. We had a busy day that was not centered around the waiting game. 

One of the aspects that I love about where we live is the walkability. And it is also one of things that I have been missing over this long and brutal winter, walking to the coffee shop or out to lunch or to the market. So it was nice to walk to Diesel Cafe with Oliver and sit for a bit with a coffee and a shared croissant before venturing out for the rest of our day. 


And although the MBTA is not the biggest or the most far reaching and boy, did the trains get bungled up this winter I still am happy that we have the access to strike out without getting in the car.  

Walking through the Harvard Yard to get to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Now I will say this, although Oliver is mostly really good about walking around town he still has melt downs about it taking too long to get somewhere and that his feet are too tired and he cannot possibly go on! It drives me crazy but usually if you just keep walking he will too and even though the tears and drama rear their ugly heads once we are at the destination he is fine. Frankly, he usually cheers up and is proud of himself for walking all the way! Oh why can't he just remember that in the moment. 

Ok so the Harvard Museum of Natural History is a quirky place. It is a bit like going through a time warp in some respects. The museum if a conglomerate of fossils (including the massive Kronosaurusabove), specimens of bugs and birds, the great mammal hall (of taxidermy) dating back to 1872, and an exhibition of delicate glass flowers. 

Like I said, a quirky spot. but it is a fun place to walk around with kids and try not to get too grossed out by all of the ancient taxidermied animals from bats to bison and even a giraffe. 
The two leveled Great Mammal Hall is a vintage, slightly creepy experience but it is also a neat way to see a bunch of animals in one spot.

after the museum we hit up our favourite lunch spot in Harvard Sq. (ok, my favourite place), Clover.  

goofballs waiting for pita bread, Venezuelan Plantain sandwich, hibiscus iced tea and rosemary french fries...YUM!

and to close, a cheeky St. Patrick's day photo where by the luck of the Irish, Oliver found "Freshie" the frog at Trader Joe's and he got a lollipop. day. made. 

So here we wait. Wait for the warm sunshine to accompany us on our walks and local excursions. come on Spring!

13 March 2015

10/52

After a rough day mid-week when Ollie and I got nailed with a 24 hour stomach bug the sunshine has been a welcome sight. Oliver has been doing a lot of "reading" lately. And by reading I mean reciting books that he knows by heart. Some of them are quite long and involved and he amazes me with just how much specificity he remembers. We have so many books in our house. A literal children's library. And you know what? I love it. Sure we could stand to clean out some of the silly, junky ones purchased for airplane trips but I love how Oliver will dig through and find a new stack of books to love on for a week or two and then moves on to different stories. Really you will never see me complain about too many books! A bibliophile just like his Mama.

my boys.  Oliver and Matt have such an awesome relationship. I love when we are all out together to see how he acts differently with Matt versus me. 

cutting takes a lot of concentration. A. LOT.

noshing on a bagel before swim class.


09 March 2015

Love it: Color Fields @ MassArt

Over the weekend we made it to the MassArt: Color Fields show just before they closed it down. It was a breath of fresh air especially with all of the mounds of grey, icy snow all around the streets creating an overall dreary atmosphere as we patiently await Spring's arrival. 



Oliver sketching the shapes he sees.  


colorful crepe paper! 



kinetic paint chips.  

the fan favourite. Sonia Falcone's piece Compo de Color 

it really was a beautiful installation. 

observing from on high. 






Oliver's drawing skills have really soared! a face and hands!

06 March 2015

9/52

grocery helper. he may "drive" the basket with reckless abandonment at times but overall he is a pretty darn good grocery store companion.  we have had a busy week with ups and downs. matt has been really busy and doing a lot of exciting projects at work but between the freezing temps and a pesky head cold that I picked up I have been pretty darn tired and my patience has not been my strong suit. needless to say I am happy today is Friday and that matt will be around this weekend. We are going to go the see an amazing show at MassArt called Color Fields. I have been wanting to go and I thought it was open for another month...nope closes tomorrow!  We have also started our kitchen renovation (I know, poor me) but construction is disruptive no matter how amazing the end result will be. So that has sent me for a bit of a loop as well. Oh and lest we forget I'm pregnant! 30 weeks and hormones are not my friend. I forgot how cranky I can get and I feel badly because Oliver and Matt have been on the receiving end of my grouchy frustrations all too much. So here is to a happy friday and hopefully some warmer temperatures which will melt the skating rink that is our driveway and surrounding neighborhood sidewalks! 

click through for more pictures. 

26 February 2015

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Sometimes I cannot believe how big he is getting. 

School has been going really well as of late. He has some good friends and really enjoys the "work" that they do. At times it is hard to get him to fill me in on his day but other times he does not stop talking about letters he is mastering or proudly showing me a number sheet or a new silly song which he will only share once he has memorized the entire tune. 

I am happy with the unique setting he is learning in which is a public Montessori school. I feel like he is getting to learn at his own pace and foster his interests. He pretty much starts all of his days in the classroom library thumbing through books. And it is awesome as a parent when you see your child arrive early and rather than chit chat with buddies he and his friends grab brooms to sweep up and get the room ready for the day.  Of course there are benchmarks to be reached but he is also garnering experience from being in a mixed age class of preschool, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten. He has friends of all ethnicities and backgrounds and I think it is pretty amazing that he goes to school with a boy named Zuma as well as a girl named Charlotte. The diversity is inspiring. I am excited to see him bloom and grow as he continues on his educational journey. I know I'm going to learn a lot, too!

24 February 2015

Love it: Etsy Artist, Debbie Carlos

I have had a longtime love affair with Debbie Carlos's large scale engineer prints. Engineer prints are typically used in architectural and engineering work, hence the name but the grainy, grey and slightly imperfect design quality has always spoken to me. Perhaps it is because of the monumental size of the banal objects that suddenly transforms them into artist design. Either way, I have always loved the black and white ice cream cone, it is so whimsical and yet painterly all at the same time. 

This print reminds me of a Dutch painting such as Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter a an Open Window (1657). The way the light is diffused and blankets the floor in softness harkens back to the way Vermeer is able to capture and freeze the sunshine dancing through a window. 

keep in mind when you see this simple print of a fallen petal from a ranunculus flower that the size is what makes these prints unique and eye-catching along with the image.  this one is 27x39".

Carlos also partners with artist from different mediums to create one of a kind collaborations. This print Polar is a reproduction of Bay Area fiber artist Meghan Shimek's wool roving weaving, based on traditional Navejo weaving techniques. 

So armed with the inspiration from Carlos I sought out to create my own engineer prints. I have an arsenal of interesting photos and I am trying to get in the habit of printing more out in various capacities so they do not just rot on my hard drive. I decided to have my images printed online through Photojojo. The first image is of our family cottage along the shores of Lake Michigan from the 1920's and while I clearly did not take this picture it is a beautiful representation of the Little Cottage in its original incarnation. The cottage has since been rebuilt but I spent many summers watching sunsets from the porch and hearing the wind whistle through the thin cottage walls. 

This print is also from the Little Cottage. And although it is in black and white it is actually an image of one the many beautiful sunsets we see when we are there in August. This too is a view that is unchanging and I'm quite positive that is I looked through and found all of the pictures that I have taken from this spot over the years the trees would practically line up. It is a special place for me and my family so I thought that it was fitting to hang it up in the Lemon's room. 

So whether you decide to buy a gorgeous print from Debbie Carlos or find one of your own to print in large scale you will not be disappointed with the impact that it make on a room.